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This test is simple, safe, and painless. It can be done as a routine part of a physical exam. It can also be done to evaluate symptoms such as severe chest pain and fast or irregular heartbeats (palpitations).
An ECG may also be done to monitor the effects of certain heart medicines or implanted devices used to control the heart, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator.
There are no serious risks associated with this test.
The test may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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